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In 1995, Carol Greene's gallery was the very first to open in its capacious West 26th Street building and one of the few places to see art in what was then a largely industrial neighborhood. She got her start at the John Good gallery, where she developed an interest in the nascent Berlin art scene. After making her name with an exhibit that included Katharina Fritsch, the gallerist parlayed her success into her own space with backing from art patron Gloria Naftali. Since then, Greene has made the airy space a home for conceptually-based contemporary work by mounting ten month-long sculpture, video, and genre-blending installations each year. Group shows such as 1999’s Free Coke brought together dozens of artists like Tracy Emin, Jack Pierson and Chris Ofili. Another of Greene’s early coups was painter Alex Katz, who she attracted with an impassioned letter and who helped her attract less-established artists. Many of these up-and-comers have gone on to be stars in their own right: conceptualist Rachel Harrison and videographer Paul Chan got their start here as did Biennial darling Laura Owens.Extra
The spare space is especially well-suited to free-standing installations, and the view from the 8th floor windows is equally inspiring.